In the wild, wolves or even stray dogs may be limited on regular food. For example, a wolf will not be able to catch every prey they stalk, and so they may have to go many hours or even days on an empty stomach. Well, this is roughly where the idea of occasional fasting a pet came from. And, it has shown to actually be quite beneficial for metabolic repair and weight control!
There are many reasons why a pet parent should consider intermittent fasting. So, here we have listed just a handful of benefits of intermitted fasting for dogs!
1. Boost your dogs ability to respond to pathogens! One of the biggest benefits seen with intermitted fasting is that it increases your dogs macrophage activity. Macrophages are cells that are recruited during an immune response. They’re job is to simply locate, consume, and destroy a pathogen.
2. Intermittent fasting can kill bacteria faster in your dogs blood! Before a macrophage reaches the site of inflammation, it must first travel through the blood. It is during this stage, a macrophage is called a monocyte. Like macrophages—a monocyte is able to locate, consume, and eliminate any foreign material in the blood! Yes, this includes harmful bacteria too.